VOV.VN - Young parliamentarians have a crucial role to play in pushing digital transformation towards sustainable economic development, heard the first session held on September 15 in Hanoi as part of the ongoing 9th Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians.
Upon addressing the event, Dan Carden, president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Forum of Young Parliamentarian, said young parliamentarians also have an important role in supporting future generations to capitalise on advanced technologies. This should be done to address challenges and help legislative organisations make good decisions for the causes of global peace and sustainable development.
Despite half of the world’s population currently being under 30, many of them have little say over the decisions that shape the globe’s future, he said, adding that it is essential to revise mechanisms and policies which seek to encourage the youth to raise their voice and step up to handle global challenges such as fake news, social division, and political division.
“We, the young parliamentarians, can influence our country to invest more in education for young people, especially to boost digital skills, science, and other frontiers that will be the future of our workforce,” he said.
Deputy Luu Ba Manh of the Vietnamese National Assembly stressed that digital transformation has permanently changed the way that the economy is operated, meaning that each individual and country should make efforts aimed at accelerating digital transformation to prevent themselves from being left behind.
Digital transformation is significant to parliamentary activities, he said, adding that it helps to raise awareness among parliamentarians of advanced technologies’ influence on all aspects of life, including the economy, politics, and society.
Meanwhile, Yetunde Bakare, senior programme officer at YIAGA Africa, said that parliaments should funnel investments in a bid to improve digital inclusion in their countries, highlighting that with digital technologies, young parliamentarians are able to expand their knowledge and conduct work as a means of engaging local people to join the legislative process.
In his pre-recorded speech at the session, member of the Uruguayan parliament Walter Cervini said that AI technology should be applied to improve the overall efficiency of parliamentary activities.